Australian Native Plants

  Diuris praecox (Newcastle Doubletail)


Diuris praecox photo
Diuris praecox in Munmorah State Conservation Area

Photograph by Doug Beckers from Killcare Heights, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Diuris praecox photo
Diuris praecox in Munmorah State Conservation Area

Photograph by Doug Beckers from Killcare Heights, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Diuris praecox in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Newcastle Doubletail

Other Names
Rough Doubletail

Description
The Newcastle Doubletail is a Donkey Orchid from the Diuris genus. It produces clusters of six to ten flowers in winter from July to early September. The flowers are yellow some dark brown markings on the labellum and the dorsal sepal. The lateral sepals are narrow and pointed, growing downwards. Like most donkey orchids, the lateral petals are held erect like ears. The plant has two or three narrow grassy leaves that grow about 30 cm long and 5 mm wide. The leaves are folded flat along the length of the leaf. The plant grows from a tuber and dies back each year appearing winter to flower.

Height
40cm

Habitat
The orchid grows in areas near the coast in grassy open forest or woodland.

Distribution
Diuris praecox is found on the east coast of New South Wales in an area around Newcastle.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Diuris
Species:praecox
Common Name:Newcastle Doubletail


Relatives in same Genus
  Diuris aurea
  Diuris behrii
  Diuris brevifolia
  Diuris brumalis
  Diuris corymbosa
  Diuris drummondii
  Diuris magnifica
  Diuris nigromontana
  Diuris pardina
  Diuris punctata
  Diuris sulphurea